Boss HR-2 Harmonist
Boss HR-2 Harmonist

HR-2 Harmonist, Octaver/Harmonizer/Whammy from Boss.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 7 reviews )
 3 reviews43 %
 3 reviews43 %
 1 user review14 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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yoTrakkz's review"very classic pedal"

Boss HR-2 Harmonist
Te Boss HR-2 Harmonist is a great pedal for harmonizing that has been out for years, we still use this pedal and have been for over ten years and it works great!


I use a Yamaha guitar And I warm up with all the lights of my Fender Hot Rod. I would glue before OD and distortion, and my clone Fuzz Factory afterwards. Why then? Because the fuzz has a dirty sound that does not fit well with the harmony and function is more appropriate to detune sounds a little neat. However much the Super Bend distorts the sound, but before the fuzz is great!


Super Bend is why I bought this gem at the base. So the famous Whammy effect, we hear from Rage Against the Machine and especially for Muse! I was interested also to a tone bender or more sounds Clavinet example (oh yes another icon that uses the Whammy: Hervé Salters). It is possible to adjust the bend on a number given octave, tone, an octave above, below a (mono or right and left!) And modulations funny.

With the Detune I use a clean sound or a slight overdrive (I use the BD-2) is wonderful! The effect is to double what you play the same thing slightly above or slightly below, as if you were given a fraction of discordant tone. We choose the fraction of a tone above and / or above, the balance and then ... Enjoy! After I get my distortion sounds to give some interesting synth pads with my guitar.


I like the originality and quality sound effects and Detune Harmony. At the beginning I did not like the harmony because it is clear in his ugly, you really learn to use it wisely, I think she is great! I sought a Whammy effect and Im not disappointed, great! I highly recommend you try this out, and for the price you really cant beat what you get with the quality of this box. You will love it for sure. Buy It!

Pepitow's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Purchase by mistake but great!"

Boss HR-2 Harmonist
This is simply a harmonizer!

Volume knob 2 rings combining volume guiatre signal and voice volume, voices are adjustable via two knobs assigned and 1 knob-end choice. 2 jack inputs (input and detect in that I do not use) and 2 outputs (mono or stereo).


Config a bit complicated at the beginning when you know anything especially without manual (purchase of Cygnus) but with Youtube tutorials and "feeler" you get there, editing is easy once you freelance stuff! Range is selected (when you know ... not too too my case) on which to play that harmony takes place, not easy when you have no knowledge of music theory! After the rest is pretty simple (balance of volumes and choice of voice tones).


So personally, I Gourre in buying. I wanted a Boss PS-6 to 5 with guitar solos in his p

By linking the ads I misread, and two pedals are the same color and in the same category ... dumpling! So at first very disappointed, I fall more on a knob ranges that I do not understand ... in short, disillusionment and desire to suicide when I realize that this is a HR-2 ...

I thought resell afterwards (because I do not have the utility of a harmonizer, especially since I barely still get good sounds out of this pedal supposed to not knowing my lines).
And finally I care for, locating the voice at noon, and leaving on a trivial range, we get a sound that I really appreciate in CLEAN and simple micro / split: chorus slightly, slightly delay, phaser and all slightly a little glitz, a little kind of clean sound of hard / glam / heavy 80's (the cleans that can get us in some Van Halen songs like Poundcake). So a mistake, but that allowed me to get the sound I was looking for clean for so many years!


I use it for several months, this is my first harmonizer, but ultimately I do not use it for its primary function, more for its sound with the voices at noon clean. THE clean sound I was looking for, it is only why I care.

Logically good value for money after it's a little expensive for the use I have but good, the sound is there! Experience with this choice I would if I needed a harmonizer or if I wanted to find that particular sound in clean, a happy mistake!

Brikabrok's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Small very nice effect"

Boss HR-2 Harmonist
This small effect is a Boss harmonizer, ie it will detect the note between, and superimpose a second, a third view which can adjust the shift in tone and volume for each voice added.
The voices are adjustable knobs assigned. Two jack inputs (a classic entrance and detect in, never used for me) and two outputs (mono or stereo).
Like many pedals, it is powered by 9V DC center negative power supply standard and standard format boss so it fits great in a pedalboard even more time passes, I have a preference for input and output jacks on the above effect. Mine is a pink label.


The operation is relatively simple but requires essential to know its range, under penalty of being extremely disappointed. Getting started is easy, but they put a lot of time to find his own sound since the great possibilities of combination of voices. An edition of its fairly easy but requires that one is interested enough ready anyway.
Having bought the pedal used, I have no manual, just the box, but if its range is known, we can get by without worries.


The effect is very effective, it perfectly clear hears voices, care must be taken to only play one note at a time and make sure it is on the range, otherwise the effect a bit and slips " seeks "and it makes a sound quite unpleasant, so no agreement, and bends quite limited, which for me is her biggest downside.
I use a Gibson LP to inflate for solos, or light to give body to the game by simulating a second guitar. I do not like two voices, one more than enough.
Most of this effect when used with a fuzz or distortion, for my part I used my Pharaoh Fuzz and it's a great sound solo after with distortion is great too. One can easily find sounds the Queen or Ratatat.


I've had only a few months but it is very good indeed for me, but not an essential one that can give a very nice touch to his pedalboard. I confess to not having tried other harmonizers, just Octavers, but I am very pleased with this one for the use I have a PS6 propose me more features than I need. The holy grail would PitchFactor Eventide, but not in my budget.
This pedal fits great in my pedalboard and it's always a pleasure to use with my fuzz, it's a good value for money, and it's solid, though I'm not a fan of Boss , we must admit that on that side, nothing to say, it is built to last. This is an effect that i should still be used sparingly, otherwise it can become quite painful and tiring to listen to, but occasionally, it had its effect (pun muddy, sorry).
If I had the choice again I would definitely do it again, I am very satisfied.